How many Captains out there running yachts came from the Merchant Navy,are you really qualified;this is the time it takes to become a Master Mariner,5 years. 1 year at pre sea cadet course.Credits in Maths and Science a plus. 2 years at sea as a deck cadet learning ship operations,stowage,stability,and watch keeping. Then ashore for training in Fire fighting,survival,radar,radio. This is followed by another 7 month refresher course at college for you 3/2 mates ticket. then back to sea for 18 months as a junior watch officer. then back to college for refresher ready for 1st Mates and modular training in ship management,medical and more radar. 1 more year at sea as a senior officer could sail as 1st mate but more likely as second. Then back to college for six months refresher before sitting your Masters. So five years with in between gaining vital experience at sea in a practical manner and as a cadet learning your deck first while working your way up. Many skippers out there have yachtmasters only, with Navigation and ancillary training only,firefighting,medical/radio,etc. No real ship operations or management training,no stability in real terms.but with gross tonnage on some vessels being small with no cargo space then a vessel of 50 plus metres could be yours if you have a 200 GRT yachtmasters,one is pleasure industry and one is commercial,now Merchant Navy are more than qualified so can board your vessels but you cant board a Merchant ship in command,so if it was uprated in rules to standardise everyone, many of you would find the need to spend many hours and more money and time to achieve this.Yachts are vessels that need to be foreign going if taking full advantage of the seasons but so would you skippers if rules change to Foreign going class 1 Master Mariners.And Insurance companies well may be the ones calling the shots here.
Over the summer, after the hardships of quarantine, I have reached out on Facebook proposing to teach people crochet for free, and this has been the highlight of my summer - I have met some amazing people, and it so rewarding to see people learn a new skill! I am planning on continuing free classes - but the space in my kitchen is limited... So I am also going to run a few paid workshops (crochet and macramé) in the creative space "Les Socquettes de l'Archiduchesse" in Biot. I also knit very well :) So if you would like to learn a new craft, dust up on your skills or just meet fellow crafters, please don't be shy. We also have a Facebook group...
Hi Everyone, Has anyone like me moved to France holding an ICC boat license and then converted it to a French boat license ? I’m interested in the procedure now as I’m a French resident since many years and thinking about buying a boat (as opposed to using my ICC every time I rented a boat in France). Thanks in advance for any input
Hello All, Looking to go on a cruise next summer with children. I was thinking Mediterranean or Disney (paris) or Greek islands cruise, we are open to anything really. But again must be Child friendly. Do they normally depart and return in France?I'm sorry, never been on a cruise so this is all new to us. Appreciate all of your experiences and opinions!
The Riviera Classic Car Club welcomes all cars of interesti.e. classic or prestige. It is a very informal club – that meetson the last Sunday of each month, set off on a drive with a differentroute each time, ending up at a restaurant for lunch and a chance to chat withother car enthusiasts and meet new people in the area. If you reside along theFrench Riviera and speak English, visit our Facebook page or websiteor website www.rivieraclassiccarclubs.wordpress.com.
I will be arriving in Greece soon and will be based in Piraeus for the summer. I am an avid fresh water fisherman and on my days off I would love to go recreational fishing (catch and release). I have looked online and can not seem to find any information to see if this is possible. Is it possible to go Largemouth/Black bass/Carp/Catfish fishing, and if so do you know where I might be able to go and do this? I have a house in Cyprus and go Carp and Bass fishing on the reservoirs there.
Hello,I'm going with my family to the Cote d'Azur in the first 2 weeks of July and would like to know where are the best beaches in terms of:- not being too packed;- clean water.In Fréjus or in Juan-les-Pins? By far the main factor for me is for it not to be too packed with people. If none of them is recommendable, which area would you recommend?Thanks a lot!Pedro.
I am originally British and have lived overseas for more than 20 years. I have likewise taught for more than 20 years. Completely bilingual in English/French. I teach Hatha Yoga which is a series of simple postures guided by the breath. Each posture having it's own set of benefits for the body and mind. Having been trained as a yoga teacher by 2 reputable teachers in the world of yoga, Maryam Ovissi and Jafar Alexander, USA, for my 200hr RYT. I strive to make yoga accessible for all and above all safe ! I am a gentle teacher with a big heart, fun and engaging, with additional experience as a former triathlete and a BAc degree in Sports Science and Physical Education. I can therefore work with those who want to de-stress, improve their physical health, those who want to complement their sports programs with a yoga practice, and even youngsters navigating their teens. Michelle 0621311772
Hi all,For your information, there is a guide-dog school at Biot (chemin du plan) for which I organize a blind-soccer tournament on the 27th of April (end of the afternoon).Event takes place at Soccer Park d'Antibes. All benefits collected during the event will be collected for the school in order to support the cost for a new puppy (some Sophia companies participate).In short the agenda is:Blind-soccer matches in mixed teams (involving a visually impaired in the team)Activities for the kids: blind-folded penalties, meeting with real dogs/puppies that are soon to be guide-dog along with trainers from the schoolMeal: offered for the participants, 7 euros for the family members and externals. It's possible to participate individually to the event at https://www.helloasso.com/associations/emcga/evenements/tournoi-sap-de-cecifoot-au-profit-de-l-ecole-de-chiens-guides-de-biot-antibes. Attention, all the information are in French. Don't hesitate to let me know if you need more information in English.Best regards,Gabriel
I'm looking for people to play tennis with in the Mougins area - singles or doubles or even a social mix-in if there were enough people.I've been playing on and off for about 25 years and would say I'm average club level (albeit a bit rusty).Let me know if you'd be interested!